Interview with Jerwin Wilson
by Morgan Bollinger
LAFM: How many years have you been coaching? How many years at Woodlawn?
I have been coaching for 10 years. I am entering my 6th year at Woodlawn, and 2nd year as the head coach.
LAFM: Where else have you coached?
I was an offensive coordinator at Arcadia High School, which is also my alma mater.
LAFM: What made you get into coaching?
I have always had a growing passion for the game, and I wanted to stay as close to the game as possible. My playing career was shortened due to a medical condition at the time. I took a year off after high school and was blessed with an opportunity to coach by Samuel Harris. Coaching to me is more of a calling and I feel as though I was ordained to do so.
LAFM: Do you think the brand of Louisiana football is different than anywhere else in the country?
Yes, we tend to stay balanced in Louisiana. Other places can become very one-dimensional, in terms of teams who can run and pass. We have teams who focus on both instead of one or the other.
LAFM: What is your advice to high school students in regards to the recruiting process?
The most important thing is to understand what they control, that being the classroom. With increased standards, they need to take the time to focus on their schooling.
LAFM: Who is your favorite college or professional football coach and why?
Someone I look at as my mentor is Frank Wilson. He is the running backs coach/recruiting coordinator at LSU. He is a guy that I can call when I need advice. He progressed from coaching high school to college as well.
LAFM: Who is your favorite NFL or college player of all time, why?
Tramon Williams of the Green Bay Packers. I know him personally and I have players that have worked out with him. I saw his process in terms of getting to the NFL. He was a walk-on at Louisiana Tech and was undrafted. He is going into his 9th year now. Williams is a guy I can relate to because I know what he went through to get where he is now and he truly represents “perseverance.”
LAFM: What makes Woodlawn a great school and a great football program?
Woodlawn is a place of great tradition. When you speak of Woodlawn, you think of Terry Bradshaw, Joe Ferguson, and Robert Pennywell. Obviously the demographics have changed, but we feel that we are headed in the right direction. We feel the program is at a point in which there can be increased productivity year in and year out. We are focused on getting back to the winning ways of the past.
What are you looking forward to with the upcoming season?
The 2014 season will be one with many challenges as well, and we look to make a deep run in the playoffs. The Knights graduated a great nucleus of seniors with several of those going on to play college football. However, we are focused and motivated on returning Woodlawn Football back to dominance. We have high expectations and plan to build on recent success of a district championship in 2012 and back-to-back playoff berths in 12’ and 13’.